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NORMAN – Oklahoma took the lead for good with two runs in the sixth inning and the OU bullpen pitched 4.2 shutout frames as the Sooners opened the 2019 season with a 4-1 win over Cal Poly Friday at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
Freshman Jaret Godman (1-0) earned the victory with 2.2 scoreless innings in relief. He struck out two batters and allowed a walk and one hit. Sophomore starter Cade Cavalli struck out three batters and scattered six hits and a run across 4.1 innings. Freshman Wyatt Olds and junior transfer Jason Ruffcorn closed out the game with one scoreless inning apiece as Ruffcorn earned the save.
Senior third baseman Brylie Ware went 2-for-3 with an RBI and scored a run, and junior shortstop Brandon Zaragoza singled and scored twice. The duo combined for 11 fielding assists, including a pair of diving stops and a bare-handed fielding play by Ware to nab runners at first base. Zaragoza took a grounder to second himself and turned a 6-3 double play to end the sixth inning.
“It was a tough environment to play in,” Oklahoma head coach Skip Johnson said of the weather, which was 30 degrees with a 20 mph northwest wind at first pitch. “I was really proud that they came out and executed, and I was really proud of our defense. In the middle of the order Z (Zaragoza) leads off and we start having some quality at bats. Then for the rest of the game we really had some quality at bats. With the pressure situation in a tough environment to play in with the weather the way it was, I was really proud of those guys for doing that.”
The Sooners (1-0) struck first when Ware dropped a base hit into right field in the third inning, scoring freshman center fielder Milan Walla from second. Walla lined a single into center field in his first collegiate at bat.
After the Mustangs (0-1) tied the score 1-1 on an infield single deep in the hole at short by first baseman Tate Samuelson, OU took the lead back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth. The Sooners plated the two runs without a hit, but with two walks, a hit batter, a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly. Zaragoza led off with a walk and scored on a wild pitch. Ware, who was hit by a pitch, scored on the sac fly by sophomore first baseman Tyler Hardman.
Zaragoza started the eighth inning with a base hit to center and scored on a passed ball after a pair of walks loaded the bases to extend the lead to 4-1.
Cal Poly starter Jarred Zill (0-1) allowed three runs and struck out seven in 5.1 innings in the loss.
The Sooners and Mustangs continue the series at 2 p.m. Saturday at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
GREAT AMERICAN CONFERENCE NEWS RELEASE
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced the league’s second weekly awards for the 2019 baseball season. Southern Arkansas Brett McGee won the Player honor and Harding’s Tanner Smith claimed the Pitcher accolade.
GAC BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Brett McGee, Southern Arkansas, C/DH, Fr., Pittsburg, Texas
McGee continued his strong start as he hit .444 at the HSU Invitational. He hit a grand slam, his first home run of his career, as part of an eight-run rally in a victory against UAFS. He tripled and drove in three runs against Northwest Missouri State. He added two hits and a run scored against Missouri Western. McGee has recorded a hit in each of his first six collegiate games.
GAC BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK – Tanner Smith, Harding, LHP, Sr., Symsonia, Kentucky
Smith matched his career high with eight strikeouts over 6.0 scoreless innings of work in Harding’s 8-2 victory against Truman State on Friday. He surrendered only one hit, a second-inning double, and two walks as he earned he first win of the season. Through two starts, he owns a 1.06 ERA. Harding swept the four-game series by outscoring the Bulldogs, 32-3.
Joe Myers, 3B, Henderson State (Scored five runs and hit .500 during the HSU Invitational); Justin Bundy, OF, Northwestern Oklahoma State (Posted a .533 on-base percentage and a .769 slugging percentage); Emilio Escobedo, C/DH, Southern Nazarene (Homered against Oklahoma City; hit .333 for the week); Nolan Fertig, LF, Harding (Hit .438 with two triples as Bisons swept Truman State); Josh Lincoln, IF, East Central (Went 6-for-11 and scored two runs)
Cooper Cantwell, RHP, Southwestern Oklahoma State (Threw a complete-game win against William Jewell College); Kaleb Honea, RHP, Northwestern Oklahoma State (In three relief appearances, stuck out six and earned a save); Matt Kortendick, RHP, Southern Arkansas (Allowed only two base runners over 6.0 innings out of the bullpen); Alec Lemmon, LHP, East Central (Struck out 10 in 6.0 innings of work vs Colorado Christian); Spencer Taack, RHP, Henderson State (Tossed 4.0 scoreless innings of relief in win vs Northwest Missouri State);
Work is continuing a state-of-the-art shooting sports complex for Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell. The construction phase was kicked off with a groundbreaking ceremony Nov. 29 attended by Oklahoma A&M Regents, OPSU staff and faculty, students, and representatives from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and OPSU Foundation.
OPSU President Tim Faltyn announced that the centerpiece building at the complex would be named the John D. Groendyke Wildlife Conservation Center, honoring the longtime member of the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission who made a generous donation to cap a fundraising campaign for the building.
“The OPSU shooting sports complex would not be happening if it had not been for the tireless support and generosity of John D. Groendyke,” Faltyn said.
“This range is going to teach people that this part of our heritage ... is something to be proud of, and it can make us all better if we use it right.” The new complex will be a tool to educate about shooting and firearms but also to illustrate safe and responsible use.
OPSU recently added shooting sports teams — archery, rifle, shotgun and pistol — to its athletics lineup.
The Wildlife Department was able to leverage federal Wildlife and Sportfish Restoration funding to help with project costs.
The Department will be able to use the complex for educating the public about safe firearms use, responsible hunting practices and more. The complex will also be open for use by student groups such as FFA and 4-H, and the community at large.
A dirt-turning ceremony included people who have supported the project.
Groendyke is currently chairman of the Wildlife Conservation Commission and chairman of the board of Groendyke Transport, among the nation’s largest motor carrier companies. His father was a 1931 alumnus of OPSU, then known as Panhandle Agricultural and Mechanical College.
He said the shooting complex “will do great things for Oklahoma Panhandle State University, and it will do a lot of great things to support the hunting, fishing, archery shooting and all of the outdoor sports that the Wildlife Department, and a lot of the youth that are out here today, support.”
The Wildlife Department is several years into a campaign to build or renovate existing shooting ranges on its public use areas across Oklahoma.
Renovated ranges are open at Lexington and Cherokee wildlife management areas.
Other renovations are underway at Pushmataha and Beaver River WMAs.
Set for future renovation are shooting ranges at James Collins, Okmulgee, Canton, Fort Gibson, Fort Supply, Hickory Creek, Texoma-Washita Arm and Optima WMAs. And new shooting ranges are to be built at Atoka, Kaw, Copan, Hugo, Packsaddle and Sandy Sanders WMAs.
These and other similar projects are funded with grants from the federal Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program. Anglers, hunters and outdoors enthusiasts pay an excise tax when they buy goods related to outdoor activities. T
hat tax revenue is distributed back to the individual states.
So each time an Oklahoman buys a license or outdoors-related merchandise, he or she is supporting important conservation efforts such as installing boat ramps or increasing hunting access.
(Panhandle State Campus Communications assisted with this news release.)
The Shady Point Lady Warriors won the Big Time Challenge Basketball Tournament at Ripley High School (Stillwater Area) Saturday January 26, 2019.
The Lady Warriors went 3-0 beating Bartlesville, Chandler, and Oklahoma Dream Elite (Okeene/Lomega).
The Lady Warriors will now compete in the ORES State Playoffs at Krebs School in McAlester February 4th.
Team Members: Kara Albert, Karli Albert, Brayli Beason, Sky Bluford , Brinklee Butler, Abbi Covey, Hannah Enkoff, Brailey Francis, Ariana Loggins, Ryleigh Pierce, Sophie Pulice, Alexis Smith
Congratulations to the Wister Wildcats.
The boys beat Arkoma 63 to 49 to win the LeFlore County Tournament’s Consolation prize.
Casey Hampton, Braeden Cepeda, Chayce Bingley, Tyler Word, Connar Hall, Rustin Sisson
Jake Lloyd, Colton Terry, Coach Derek Barlow, Kade Siler, Matt Holzhammer, Kaden McBeth and Konner Upton
LCT Tuesday’s Results
Spiro Boys 73 - Heavener Boys 31
LeFlore Girls 31 - Whitesboro Girls - 32
Whitesboro Boys 68 - Poteau Boys 72
Howe Girls 86 - Cameron Girls 32
Heavener Girls 40 and Poteau Girls 58
Talihina Boys 75 - Leflore Boys 50
Pocola 81 - Bokoshe 43
Pocola Girls 64 -Talihina Girls 35
Howe Boys 69 - Panama Boys 74
NORMAN — University of Oklahoma head football coach Lincoln Riley announced Tuesday that quarterback Jalen Hurts has signed a financial aid agreement with OU and has enrolled and is attending classes. A December graduate who earned a bachelor's degree in communication (public relations) from Alabama, Hurts will participate in spring practice and will have one season of eligibility with the Sooners.
Hurts started 14 games in each of Alabama's 2016 and 2017 seasons and saw action in 13 games in 2018. He played in three College Football Playoff National Championships and helped the Crimson Tide to the 2017 national title. Alabama went 41-3 in his three seasons in Tuscaloosa.
"(Jalen) certainly has the ability to be a really good leader for us," said Riley, who has coached OU to a 24-4 record and has produced Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray in his two seasons. "He's got to get in here and learn this team, learn this offense. He's got to get in here and compete for this quarterback job. There are a lot of steps ahead, but there's no doubt, this guy's been in some of the biggest and best games in college football here over the last few years.
"As I've gotten to know him, I've been really impressed by the way he carries himself, the way he works. There's not going to be much that happens to this kid that he hasn't been through already."
Hurts led the Crimson Tide to a 26-2 record in his 28 starts over the 2016 and 2017 seasons. He saw action in 13 games in 2018, including the SEC Championship when he replaced injured starter Tua Tagovailoa and rallied UA to a 35-28 win after it trailed 28-21 when he entered the game in the fourth quarter. Hurts threw a 10-yard touchdown pass with 7:08 left to tie the game at 28 and ran for a 15-yard score with 1:04 remaining for the game's final points.
From Channelview, Texas, Hurts owns the Alabama quarterback career record with 23 rushing touchdowns and ranks second in school history with 1,976 career rushing yards and 71 touchdowns responsible for. He amassed 7,602 yards of total offense and threw for 48 touchdowns, both good for third place in UA history.
Hurts recorded seven games of at least 100 rushing yards (high of 154 against Fresno State in 2017) and threw for at least two touchdowns in 12 contests.
"There's a great foundation here at Oklahoma, and Coach Riley does a great job," Hurts said Tuesday about why he chose OU. "He's very efficient in what he does. And for my last ride, my senior year, I want to be a part of it.
"Last year I was fully invested in the University of Alabama. And at the Orange Bowl I was fully invested in beating OU and getting to the National Championship. But now I'm part of the Sooner family and I'm thankful to be here."
Asked what excites him most about his opportunity at OU, Hurts was succinct.
"I want to go out with a bang," he said.
In his debut season of 2016, Hurts was named SEC Freshman of the Year, a freshman All-American by ESPN and USA Today, a finalist for the Manning Award and a semifinalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award and Davey O'Brien Award. That year he completed 240 of 382 pass attempts (62.8 percent) for 2,780 yards and 23 touchdowns against nine interceptions. He also ran for an Alabama quarterback-record 954 yards (5.0 per carry) and 13 TDs. In the second game of the season, Hurts became the first UA freshman quarterback to start a game under head coach Nick Saban, and he went on to start each of the next 27 contests. The Crimson Tide won its first 14 games in 2016 before falling to Clemson in the CFP National Championship, 35-31.
Hurts set the Alabama single-season record with his 36 touchdowns responsible for in 2016, and his 3,734 yards of total offense were the second most in school history. Against Mississippi State, he became the first UA player to ever rush for at least 100 yards (100) and pass for at least 300 (347). It was one of four 100-yard rushing games for him that season.
Hurts' 2017 sophomore season saw him complete 154 of 255 pass attempts (60.4 percent) for 2,081 yards and 17 touchdowns versus just one interception. He rushed for 855 yards (5.6 per carry) and eight scores, and was named a Davey O'Brien Award semifinalist. Hurts registered three games of at least 100 rushing yards and was named offensive MVP in Alabama's 24-6 win over Clemson in the CFP Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
This past season, Hurts played in 13 games, completing 51 passes on 70 attempts (72.9 percent) for eight touchdowns with two interceptions, good for a 196.7 passing efficiency rating. He also ran for 167 yards (4.6 per carry) and two TDs.
"I think he's really progressed as a thrower with a lot of the film I've watched this year," added Riley. "I see a very, very capable thrower, a very good athlete. He's strong. He's going to have much different build than a couple of these (quarterbacks) we've had the last few years."
Riley also said Hurts' experience of preparing for and playing in six College Football Playoff games is invaluable.
"He knows how to prepare for those games, knows what to expect, all the buildup and being able to focus on what's really important," explained Riley. "I don't think there's any doubt that's one of the things he brings to the table. There's nothing to replace having been in those games. I think it will help him individually. It's going to make a big difference."
A unanimous four-star prospect out of Channelview High School under head coach Averion Hurts (his father), Jalen Hurts was ranked as the nation's No. 1 dual-threat quarterback by 247Sports.
He threw for 2,384 yards and 26 touchdown passes in 11 games as a senior, and rushed for 1,391 yards and 25 TDs. He was named Texas District 21-6A MVP in his junior and senior seasons. Hurts chose Alabama over Florida, Mississippi State and Texas A&M.
Games at CASC
Arkoma girls and Bokoshe Girls at 4 p.m. at CASC
Spiro Boys and Heavener Boys at 5:30 pm
LeFlore Girls and Whitesboro Girls at 7pm
Whitesboro Boys and Poteau Boys at 8:30 pm
Games at Panama
Howe Girls and Cameron Girls at 5:30pm
Heavener Ladies and Poteau Ladies at 7pm
Talihina Boys and LeFlore Boys at 8:30 pm
Games at Pocola
Pocola and Bokoshe 5:30pm
Pocola Girls and Talihina Girls 7pm
Howe Boys and Panama Boys 8:30pm
Good luck to all County Teams!
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced the league’s Players of the Week awards for the 11th week of the 2018-19 basketball regular season. Henderson State’s Mike Fofana won the Men’s honor and Harding’s Kellie Lampo claiming the Women’s accolade.
GAC MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Mike Fofana, Henderson State, F, Jr., Memphis, Tennessee
Fofana continued his stretch of terrific play as Henderson picked up wins against Ouachita and Arkansas Tech. Fofana poured in 19 points on 8-for-11 shooting on the road against the Tigers. He followed up with 20 points - 15 in the second half - and 13 rebounds against the Wonder Boys. He has averaged 18.5 points and 9.0 rebounds during the Reddies’ four-game win streak.
GAC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Kellie Lampo, Harding, F, So., Jessieville, Arkansas
Lampo led the conference in scoring and rebounding for the week as she averaged 24.0 points and 14.0 rebounds against Arkansas Tech and Southern Arkansas. She grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds against the Golden Suns and followed up with a career-high 30-points against the Lady Muleriders. She went 16-for-31 from the field, including 9-for-14 against SAU.
Treyvon Andres, C, Northwestern Oklahoma State (Led the GAC by scoring 25.0 PPG and grabbing 13.0 RPG); DeVante Brooks, F, Southern Arkansas (Helped SAU extend win streak to eight as he averaged 11.0 PPG and 8.0 RPG); Kevin Buckingham, F, Southeastern Oklahoma State (Registered a double-double in win vs SWOSU); Jhonathan Dunn, G, Southern Nazarene (In two wins, averaged 19.0 PPG and went 16-for-32 from the floor); Nick Shoemaker, G, Southwestern Oklahoma State (Became SWOSU’s all-time leader in made 3-point field goals); Kendarious Smith, G, Ouachita (Shot 52.9 percent from the field including 57.1 percent on 3-point tries); Camron Talley, G, East Central (Made a combined 8 3-pointers vs Southeastern and Southern Nazarene); JV Long, G, Harding (Became first Harding player with at least 20 points and 15 rebound in a game since 2012); Antonio Wade, G, Oklahoma Baptist (Posted his second 30-point game as he scored 36 vs Northwestern Oklahoma State)
Tyra Aska, G, Southwestern Oklahoma State (Scored 36 on 12-of-18 shooting in win vs Southeastern); Autumn Avina, G, Oklahoma Baptist (Averaged 15.0 points, 10.5 assists and 9.0 rebounds); Adrienne Berry, G, Southern Nazarene (Averaged 16.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in two victories); Alyssa Crase, F, Southern Arkansas (Went 6-for-9 from the field and averaged 7.0 rebounds per game); Eden Crow, G, Ouachita (Shot 52.9 percent from the floor; averaged 12.0 PPG and 8.0 RPG); Hailey Estes, G, Henderson State (Hit 8 3-pointers vs Ouachita; double-double vs Arkansas Tech); Kalea King, G, Northwestern Oklahoma State (Hit game-winning shot vs Oklahoma Baptist); Sam Schwab, F, East Central (Career-high 15 points vs Southeastern; made 10-of-15 shots for the week)